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WATCH NOW: Most mask requirements lifted in North Carolina. Masks still required in schools, other settings.

Effective immediately, North Carolina is lifting most of its mandatory mask requirements, Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday afternoon. In most se… Read more

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Stocks open mostly lower on Wall Street as Big Tech lags

Stocks are off to a mostly lower start on Wall Street as the market comes off its worst weekly decline since February. The S&P 500 was off 0.1% in the early going Monday. Losses for several Big Tech companies helped pull the Nasdaq down 0.4%. AT&T and Discovery rose sharply after the companies said they would combine their media businesses. Steelmakers were higher after the U.S. and Europe agreed to temporarily suspend tariffs on steel that had been imposed over a trade dispute. Treasury yields were mostly higher. European markets were mostly lower and Asian markets ended mixed. Read more

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AT&T, Discovery join media brands as cord-cutting encroaches

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T will join its massive media operations that include CNN, HBO, TNT and TBS in a $43 billion deal with Discovery, the owner of lifestyle networks including the Food Network and HGTV. Read more

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EU vows to boost efforts to end Israeli-Palestinian fighting

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union will redouble its efforts to end the upsurge in violence between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants, and seek progress during a special meeting of its foreign ministers Tuesday, the bloc said. Read more

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France holds global talks to offer debt relief for Sudan

PARIS (AP) — French and African leaders and international organizations were holding a conference Monday in Paris to negotiate debt relief and raise global support for Sudan’s transitional leadership. Read more

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